Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Ivan Basso: "Giro Hopes Rest On Romandie Performance"

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) looked to still be carrying the remnants of one too many off-season cake stops when he took to the climbs of the Giro Del Trentino last week. He was obviously flagging and didn't show well in the mountains at all, well, not for somebody hoping to win the Giro d'Italia anyway...

In comparison to fellow team leader Vincenzo Nibali the start to his season couldn't have been any different, or indeed slower. There has been much speculation as to who will ride what: will Basso be fit for the Giro? Surely on current form Nibali should ride the Giro? Perhaps both will ride? But who will ride the Tour de France as team leader? The questions keep coming...

Basso himself has said that he will not decide whether to ride the Giro d'Italia or not until after the Tour de Romandie where he is desperately hoping to improve his form, if he doesn't improve, he will not attempt to ride the Giro. Whether Nibali takes his place would be another story.

Ivan Basso has been anonymous this year to say the least. This time last year he had already won the GP di Lugano, placed 4th overall in Tirreno-Adriatico and 7th in the Volta a Catalunya. This isn't to say we should write him off just yet - yes he looked sluggish in the Dolomites last week but prior to Basso's 2010 Giro win he hadn't placed significantly highly in a single race, so it's certainly not impossible that Basso will find form in time for this years Giro, with less than two weeks to go however, he's certainly cutting it a little fine. Liquigas team management also seem to be getting a little impatient, stating that they hope to 'see improvement' during Romandie and that Basso needs to 'be on a plane to Denmark' with the rest of the team fighting fit for the start of the Giro in order to gain some points to 'consolidate their position in the WorldTour ranking.'

Basso says: ''I want to find the right answers on the roads of Romandie to repay my hard work. The terrain is the right place for those answers: I’m optimistic about getting the confirmation I need to pursue my dream of winning a third pink jersey''. I suggest he gets pedaling...

1 comment:

  1. I'd say you're right. He's been around a while and sometimes bodies can reach a tipping point without much prior warning and afterwards the downhill slide can happen pretty fast - and those cake-stop calories just don't burn off the way they used to.